Tue Sep 13 2:03 2016 NZST
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
Weather: Mixed bag, overcast with some sun & brief shower. Becoming autumny.
At Appley Bridge, 2 miles from our final destination at Wigan. Be there tomorrow, off boat Wed morning. 1 swing bridge and 1 lock to go. Looking forward to our next part of our holiday.
Fri Sep 9 18:32 2016 NZST
Weather: Rain to start. Cloudy and cool. Drizzle evening.
All on trains to Blackpool yesterday. Walked along foreshore and out on piers. Seaside resort town. Many colourful lights at night. Ballingers stayed overnight, Gibsons back to narrow boat.
Mon Sep 5 22:33 2016 NZST
Run: 25.5nm (46.2km)
Weather: Cold and drizzly earlier today when travelling. Overcast and cool now, very murky, could rain again.
Left Maghull for Haskayne yesterday. Now Burscough. Plan to stock up with food & water and head up the Rufford Branch canal for a way tomorrow. Can't go too far as it goes tidal.
Fri Sep 2 0:06 2016 NZST
Weather: Fine with some cloud
In Liverpool by train. Great city, old and new buildings. Wharf area very interesting with old buildings, piers, canals, docks. Great to see the ocean from the mouth of the Mersey River. Just missed Beatles week. Never mind, 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Thinking about 'Ferry on the Mersey'. :)
Sat Aug 27 2:34 2016 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
Weather: Sunny and warm, lovely for walking
Today walked to the Docklands of Manchester where the old ships came up to unload. Area been done up not unlike Darling harbour. All main media outlets there (BBC, Coronation St etc).
Wed Aug 24 0:44 2016 NZST
Run: 5.9nm (10.7km)
Weather: Blazing sunshine at last. Last 4 days had heavy rain showers.
At Piccadilly gated village beside the Bridgewater canal. Been down 17 locks today. Skirting around Manchester. Seen large stadiums, office buildings, old and new.
Mon Aug 22 21:12 2016 NZST
Run: 7.7nm (13.9km)
Stayed last night at Romiley. Went over great aquaduct en route, fantastic view. Heading close to Manchester airport, seem to be on flight path, see loud planes
Sun Aug 21 20:43 2016 NZST
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
Weather: Some heavy rain, cooler. Umbrellas on hand. :((
Been out to southern end of Peak canal to Whaley Bridge, pretty village. Now backtracking towards Manchester. 16 more locks coming up but all descending this time. Several swing and lift bridges this bit. Had potential hitch hiker
Fri Aug 19 3:22 2016 NZST
Run: 13.3nm (24.1km)
Weather: Warm and sunny but rain forecast next 4 days :(
Arrived Macclesfield. Locks very slow, hard and busy end route. Rolly hills, nice countryside and scenery.
Wed Aug 17 23:43 2016 NZST
Run: 9nm (16.3km)
Weather: Sunny warm
Left marina, on Trent and Mercer canal, thru Harecastle tunnel 2963 yards. They close doors both ends for ventilation fans. Very dark. Takes 40 mins. Now on Macclesfield canal
Sun Aug 14 4:18 2016 NZST
Run: 13.6nm (24.6km)
Weather: Mostly overcast, cool but patches of sun. (Jerseys and off!)
We are at Leek, end of one arm of the Caldon Canal. Vastly different scenery, up among hills. 2 bridge lifts today, 1 aquaducts with another crossing canal underneath. Slow and windy canal.
Tue Aug 9 20:20 2016 NZST
Run: 26.9nm (48.7km)
Weather: Sun but quite windy last couple days.
In Stone on the Trent and Mercer canal. Nice countryside last few days (not so industrial). Cows, sheep, corn, wheat, upmarket houses, beaut gardens, tidy pretty villages. Rest day today.
Fri Aug 5 2:28 2016 NZST
Run: 4.9nm (8.9km)
Weather: Cloudy and cool
Our second day in Dudley moored by the Black Country Living museum, a very interesting venue. Visited Dudley Castle today. Us two biked yesterday nearly to Birmingham on tow path.
Tue Aug 2 1:44 2016 NZST
Run: 40.6nm (73.5km)
Weather: Mostly overcast and cool. Not summery.
Moved from Brewood to Wolverhampton today. 22 locks kept us busy. Got it down to 6 locks per hour. Pretty tiring stuff. Very industrial city, bit rough. Moored centre of town.
Wed Jul 27 1:04 2016 NZST
Run: 26.6nm (48.1km)
Weather: Drizzly. Cool.
Been thru 2 locks today. Just arrived Barbridge junction. Going to bus into Chester tomorrow. Interesting countryside, many cows.
Fri Jul 22 21:57 2016 NZST
Run: 11279.8nm (20416.4km)
Weather: Hot and sunny.h
At Plank Lane on the Leigh branch of the Liverpool Leeds branch canal. Filling with water. Cruising with Kindred Spirit, very enjoyable company.
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